British movie HUNGER has scooped top prize at the London Evening Standard Film Awards - with Oscar favourite SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE missing out on all the major gongs. The picture, which tells the story of Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands, won the Best Film honour at the event in the U.K. capital on Sunday (01Feb09).
Danny Boyle, who helmed Slumdog Millionaire, lost out to The Reader's Stephen Daldry in the Best Director category, while Tilda Swinton scooped Best Actress for her role in Julia.
The Best Actor award was shared by Pat Shortt, for his part in Garage, and Michael Sheen, for Frost/Nixon.
Filmmaker Mike Leigh was given the Alexander Walker Special Award for his contribution to the British film industry, and Sally Hawkins - who stars in Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky - won the Peter Sellers award for comedy.
Martin MCDonagh took Best Screenplay for In Bruges, and director Joanna Hogg was named most promising newcomer for Unrelated.
Mark Digby, production designer on Slumdog Millionaire - which is tipped for a host of honours at the upcoming Academy Awards including Best Picture - won the technical achievement gong.